Newspapers in Africa play "a critical role and help provide a marketplace for ideas," said Trevor Ncube. The South Africa-based media executive will participate in DW Global Media Forum next week in Bonn.
On a continent hungry for information, the media also have an educational role and help spread democratic values, Ncube told DW. "Unfortunately, many African governments see the media as an enemy and tend to undermine the media’s role to inform and educate." They are particularly uncomfortable with investigative journalism, he said, because it tends to uncover corruption and abuse of power. "Many African governments have enacted undemocratic laws that impinge on freedom of expression and press freedom," Ncube commented.
Trevor Ncube is the deputy executive chairman of the Mail and Guardian in South Africa and chairman of Alpha Media Holdings in Zimbabwe. Ncube will speak at the first plenary session of Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum on the topic "Ratings Versus Quality: Media Caught Between Market Pressure and the Mission to Educate" on Monday, June 25, 2012 in Bonn. His co-panelists include Professor Franz-Josef Radermacher of the University of Ulm and a member of the Club of Rome, and Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Envoy of the Russian President.
"Africa is beginning to tell its own story," Ncube said. "We cannot tell the Western media how they should cover Africa." But he noted that the Western media’s obsession with all manner of negative things "is changing thanks to the many positive stories that are coming out of Africa." Ncube said that the Western media cannot afford to ignore the progress Africa is making without risking their own relevance." Yes, Africa has problems," he said, "but the continent is on the move."
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, June 25-27, 2012
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